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First two 2014 Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts announced

The Iowa State Fair organizers have announced the first two Grandstand acts for the 2014 Iowa State Fair. This year's fair will run from August 7 to August 17.

The 2014 Iowa State Fair runs from August 7 through August 17.
The 2014 Iowa State Fair runs from August 7 through August 17.
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Lady Antebellum will play the Grandstand at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
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On Thursday, August 7, Contemporary Christian band the Newsboys will take the Iowa State Fair Grandstand stage. The Newsboys have amassed 31 #1 Christian singles and five Dove Awards. Opening the show will be Christian singer/songwriter Matthew West. West is an American Music Award winner, a two-time Grammy nominee, and his single "Hello, My Name Is" holds the record for most consecutive weeks atop the Christian singles chart (17). Tickets will be $30 when they go on sale in the spring.

Seven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum will take the Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 16. The country/pop trio has won three consecutive ACM and CMA Awards for "Vocal Group of the Year" and has turned songs like "Just a Kiss" and "Need You Now" into chart dominators. Opening for Lady Antebellum will be two-time Grammy nominee Billy Currington. Currington has already produced six #1 Country singles, and he is currently touring in support of his fifth full-length studio album We Are Tonight, which came out last September. Tickets for this show will be $49 when they go on sale this spring.

Expect more Grandstand announcements as the weeks progress. For more information on the Iowa State Fair, go to their website.